Rutgers edges out Central Connecticut State

Rutgers athletics director Pat Hobbs and coach Chris Ash greet players at the bus before a home game in 2016

Rutgers athletics director Pat Hobbs and coach Chris Ash greet players at the bus before a home game in 2016

Trace McSorley accounted for 258 total yards and three touchdowns and Penn State overcame an early deficit with 35 unanswered points to beat the Scarlet Knights 35-6.

Penn State improved to 8-2 on the season and snapped a two-game losing streak. Barkley capped the drive with a 4-yard run.

Worst pass: Rutgers quarterback Giovanni Rescigno overshot Hunter Hayek, who was open deep over the middle in the fourth quarter.

Rutgers had a critical 17-2 run in the second half, and the Scarlet Knights outlasted pesky Central Connecticut State 71-67 on Sunday at Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway, N.J. Barkley scored two plays later. Best blocks: Penn State left tackle Will Fries and left guard Steven Gonzalez opened big holes on Barkley's touchdown runs of 1 and 4 yards in the fourth quarter.

Best pass: McSorley zinged a 22-yard slant pass to Hamilton for a touchdown with 1:13 left in the second quarter, extending the PSU lead to 14-6.

The play finally gave Barkley some free space past the line of scrimmage. In the second half, Penn State took control of the game and ended it with a 35-6 victory. Worst call: Rutgers coach Chris Ash made a decision to run out the final 1:13 of the first half rather than have quarterback Giovanni Rescigno attempt a deep pass. Best run: McSorley faked a handoff to Barkley, broke a couple of tackles and ran for a 20-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Coach James Franklin said Bowen was suspended for a violation of team rules.

Catch it, will ya: Rutgers opened the game with a pooch kick that Justin Davidovicz had check up at the Lions' 21. The Lions finally woke up on offense, leading 14-6 at halftime.

The Blue Devils, who lost to Rutgers 79-37 a year ago, refused to go away this time.

Rutgers can't throw the ball.

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